Lunchtime Lecture: Melanie Kimball, Ph.D.

When: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Simmons College, Palace Road Building, P-207

CHANGE OF DATE: Thursday, December 10th, SLIS Assistant Professor Melanie Kimball, Ph.D., presents "Teaching Children ‘To See Beauty and to Live It': A Library/Museum Collaboration, 1914-1918."

World Usability Day

When: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Linda Paresky Conference Center, Simmons College, Boston, MA

November 12, 2009 is the World Usability Day. Simmons SLIS (Graduate School of Library and Information Science) Usability Lab, in partnering with the Student Chapters of American Society of Information Science and Technology and Special Library Association, will host an event in the morning of November 12th at Linda Paresky Conference Center (3rd floor of Main College Building), Simmons College. The event is open to the public, and the registration is free.

Details of the event:

9:00-9:15 - Welcome
9:15-10:00 - Keynote: The Top Ten Myths About Usability. Tom Tullis, Vice President of Usability at Fidelity Investments
10:00-11:00 - Usability Lab as a Collaborative Platform for Applied Research, Experiential Learning, and Community Services. Rong Tang (Director, Simmons SLIS Usability Lab) and Linnea Johnson (Manager, Simmons SLIS Usability Lab)
11:00-12:00 - Poster session and tours of Simmons SLIS Usability Lab

The keynote speaker Thomas S. (Tom) Tullis is Vice President of Usability at Fidelity Investments and Adjunct Professor at Bentley University in the Human Factors in Information Design program. He joined Fidelity in 1993 and was instrumental in the development of the company's usability department. Its facilities include a state-of-the-art Usability Lab. Prior to joining Fidelity, he held positions at Canon Information Systems, McDonnell Douglas, Unisys Corporation, and Bell Laboratories. He and Fidelity's usability team have been featured in a number of publications, including Newsweek, Business 2.0, Money, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Tullis received a B.A. from Rice University, an M.A. in experimental psychology from New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. in engineering psychology from Rice University. During his 30 years of experience in human-computer interface studies, he has published more than 50 papers in numerous technical journals and has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences. He also holds eight U.S. patents. He is co-author (with Bill Albert) of the book "Measuring the User Experience: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Usability Metrics" (Morgan Kaufman, March 2008) and co-author (with Bill Albert and Donna Tedesco) of the forthcoming book, "Beyond the Usability Lab: Conducting Large-Scale User Experience Studies"(Morgan Kaufman, Jan. 2010).

The poster session will feature following SLIS student usability projects:

  • Borden, Daniel. Usability Testing: The Boston Redevelopment Authority Zoning Webpage
  • Chu, Ellen. Child's Usability Test: A Comparison Between the ICDL and Brooklyn Public Library Search Interfaces
  • Gulyamov, Otabek. UCLA Library Web Usability
  • Lee, Kyoung sun. Running a Usability Test: Searching in SIRIS
  • McMahon, Mark. Usability Testing: Faceted Browsing
  • Rodzvilla, John. Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For: Testing the Usability of Online Research Guides in Academic Libraries

Registration is required to attend the event. The deadline for registration is: November 9, 2009.

To register, please click on the following link:

For directions and maps of Simmons College, please click on the following link:

Lunchtime Lecture: Lisa Woronzoff

When: Thursday, November 5, 2009, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: P-207, Simmons College, Boston, MA

The SLIS Lunchtime Lecture series returns this fall. Lectures take place on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in P-207. Thursday, November 19th, Lisa Woronzoff presents "Gender: Select M or F or ... The classification and language of gender"

Boston Campus Advising Day for New Spring 2010 Students

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Where: Boston Campus, Simmons College

Save the date for the Advising Day for Boston Campus new Spring 2010 students. Students will be contacted directly with more information; information will also be posted at our Boston campus Advising Day web pages as it becomes available.

An Evening with Dr. Saad Eksander

When: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Simmons College, Boston, MA

Dr. Saad Eksander of the Iraq Library & Archive will be speaking at Simmons on Thursday, Oct. 22. He will be discussing his experiences rebuilding the Iraq National Library and Archive and the issues surrounding the National Library and Archive during the rebuilding and currently. The event is co-sponsored by SCoSAA, SIR, and the Warburg Lecture Series. For more about Dr. Eksander, please see this November 2007 Boston Globe article or the diary he kept during 2006 and 2007.

Lunchtime Lecture: Gerald Benoit, Ph.D.

When: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Simmons College, Palace Road Building, P-207

The SLIS Lunchtime Lecture series returns this fall. Lectures take place on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in P-207. Thursday, October 22nd, SLIS Associate Professor Gerald Benoit, Ph.D. presents "Repurposing digital objects: case study of seven international publishing firms."

Library Career Reception

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: W.E.B. Du Bois Library (26th Floor), UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

The Indispensible Librarian: Confessions and Tales from a Proud Profession

Are you exploring career options? The Occupational Outlook Handbook says "librarians use the latest information technology to perform research, classify materials, and help students and library patrons seek information." Whatever your image of a librarian, we want to share stories with you from cutting-edge practitioners in a dynamic and rewarding profession.

On Wednesday, October 21st , 2009 from 6:00 — 8:00 p.m. the UMass Amherst Libraries is hosting a Library Career Reception. Come hear about the work of today's librarians, learn about graduate degree programs in library and information science, ask questions and view the campus from the 26th floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. The program will include:

  • Jay Schafer - Director of Libraries, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Gale Eaton — Director, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
  • Terry Plum — Assistant Dean, Simmons School of Library and Information Science
  • Lauri Kolakoski Fennell - Outreach and Education Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region
  • Steven Folsom — Metadata Librarian, Image Collection Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Beth Girshman — Adult Services Librarian, Jones Library, Amherst, MA
  • Beatrice Pulliam — Library Commons Librarian for Technology and Access, Providence College
  • Georgina Trebbe — Wilbraham Middle School Information Specialist, Wilbraham, MA

Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so please send your RSVP to by Monday, October 19th , 2009. We look forward to seeing you!

Lunchtime Lecture: Naresh Agarwal, Ph.D.

When: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Simmons College, Palace Road Building, P-207

The SLIS Lunchtime Lecture series returns this fall. Lectures take place on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in P-207. Thursday, October 15th, SLIS Assistant Professor Naresh Agarwal, Ph.D., presents "Delineating the boundary of ‘context' in information behavior: towards a contextual identity."

Presentation Skills for the LIS Job Search Workshop

When: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, Tuesday, October 13th - 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, October 14th - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Simmons College Career Resource Library (P-304E), Boston, MA

Want to learn more about how to present during an LIS job interview? Need to prepare your slides, handouts, and yourself, but don't know where to turn? Then come to this workshop! We will give you the tools you need so that on the day of your interview, you are ready to present yourself and your knowledge to employers.

Evening Session: Tuesday, October 13th, 5:00-6:00pm
Day Session: Wednesday, October 14th, 1:00-2:00pm

Lunchtime Lecture: Gerald Benoit, Ph.D.

When: Thursday, October 8, 2009, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Simmons College, Palace Road Building, P-207

The SLIS Lunchtime Lecture series returns this fall. Lectures take place on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in P-207. Thursday, October 8th, SLIS Associate Professor Gerald Benoit, Ph.D. presents "The 'beautiful' in information: philosophy of aesthetics and information visualization."

SLIS Job Seekers Success Support Group

When: Thursday, October 8, 2009, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: P-310E, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Drop-in Group
Facilitated by Roxanne Jackman and Em Claire Knowles
October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 4 pm to 5 pm
Room P-310E


In recognition of difficult economic times, this group will provide a supportive environment for SLIS students and alumni conducting a job search to bring concerns to be addressed, share information and advice, enable expansion of their network of contacts and serve as a support group. The empathy and encouragement provided by supportive peers can be particularly uplifting in times of economic recession.


  • Sharpen job search skills
  • Stay focused and motivated in job search
  • Expand network contacts


The group will meet weekly for an hour over a six week period in October and November. The agenda will be open and determined by the participants present at each meeting. Each member in turn will give a brief overview of his/her job search status and share results and accomplishments of the previous week's job hunting.

JOIN US—OCTOBER 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12 at 4 pm to 5pm in P-310E.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Em Claire Knowles by telephone: 617-521-2798 or email:

SLIS Job Search Resources Workshop

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2009, Tuesday, October 6th - 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, October 7th - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Simmons College (L-225), Boston, MA

Swing by LIB-225 (library classroom) in Lefavour Hall and discover where to hunt for LIS specific job banks, paraprofessional postings, internship resources, networking opportunities, and job market trend information.  This hour long workshop will provide you with the skills and resources needed to conduct successful job searches and career-advancing networking opportunities.

Evening Session: Tuesday, October 6th, 5:00-6:30pm
Day Session: Wednesday, October 7th, 1:00-2:30pm

Coffee with Cloonan

When: Monday, October 5, 2009
Where: Matarazzo Student Lounge

Need a study break? Then come to Coffee with Dean Cloonan in the Matarazzo Student Lounge during the following times:

  • Monday, October 5, 12:30-1:30
  • Saturday, October 10, 12:30-1:30
  • Tuesday, October 13, 5:30-6:30 

Coffee and snacks will be provided!

See the flier for more details. Contact Lisa Woronzoff with any questions.

SLIS WEST ALUMS for the WMRLS Book It to the Library 5K Run/2mi. Walk

When: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 10:00 am
Where: WMRLS, 4 Sandy Lane, Whatley, MA

On Saturday, October 3, the Friends of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System (WMRLS) is holding the first annual "Book It To The Library 5K Road Race" - and SLIS alums will be there! A team is being pulled together by SLIS alum Penni Martorell and we'd love to have you join them. Details about the race are available at; if you're interested, please download the registration form at (please note: registrations are due by Sept. 25). Then send Penni a note at and let her know you'll be there.

Information Sessions: Travel Course to Nicaragua

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Where: Simmons College, Palace Road Building

Interested in studying abroad? SLIS is offering a course in Nicaragua over Spring Break.

The course, Issues in International Librarianship, will run March 6-14, 2010. It is designed to give students hands-on practical experience working in an international library. Students will be working at the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Publica y Movíl, the first public lending library in Nicaragua.

There are two information sessions scheduled which will go over everything about the course and the trip in as much detail as possible. If you're interested in taking this course, please register for an information session. There will be students who have traveled to Nicaragua in the past there to give you a first hand account of what to expect. A website for the course will be available soon.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1:00pm, P207
Thursday, Sept. 24, 6:00pm, P111

Please register for an info session at

SLIS West Advising Day for New Fall 2009 Students

When: Thursday, September 10, 2009
Where: South Hadley, MA

For more information about the SLIS West Advising Day, please see

Advising Day for Fall '09 Boston Campus

When: Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Where: Boston Campus

Advising Day for students starting at the Boston campus in Fall 2009 will take place on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 and Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Simmons College. For more information, please see Boston Campus Advising Day; questions can be directed to

SLIS and SOM Offer Joint Program

When: Thursday, June 4, 2009, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Where: Simmons College, Boston, MA

Strategies for Doing More in Your Library With Less: A learning breakfast presented by Simmons School of Library & Information Science Continuing Education and Simmons School of Management Executive Education

Cost: $35

7:30am - 8:00am - Registration, Networking, Breakfast

8:00am - 8:30am - Libraries and the Economy
Lisa Hussey, Assistant Professor, SLIS
Patricia Deyton, Dir. & Sr. Lecturer, SOM

What does the current economic climate mean for libraries? What are the significant economic indicators for public organizations?

8:30am - 9:30am - Influence Without Authority
Mary Shapiro, Senior Lecturer, SOM Faculty
Learn to identify strategies in building relationships that increase the likelihood that people will say "yes" to your requests for help, support, and resources; explore strategies for articulating your ideas, proposals, and requests in a compelling way; apply these new strategies for support or collaboration.

 To view the flyer for this event, please .

 Register here



When: Friday, May 15, 2009
Where: Bank of America Pavilion, Boston

This year's Commencement ceremony will take place at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston. More details will be posted when they become available.

Alumni Day

When: Friday, April 17, 2009
Where: Simmons College, Boston

SLIS is pleased to announce that Alumni Day 2009 will include a special afternoon program in honor of Professor Allen Smith, who passed away in August. (Please see more about Professor Allen Smith at: The program will include a talk on the future of reference by Brian Mathews, User Experience Librarian at Georgia Tech, and a special toast and reception in honor of Professor Smith.

SLIS Alumni Day will be Friday, April 17, 2009, at Simmons College in Boston. 

Award Presentation and Keynote Speaker:

  • Sarah Thomas '73LS, Bodley's Librarian and Director, Oxford University Library Services

Panel Discussion: Place and Presence in a Virtual World: What will It Mean for Libraries and Archives?

  • Sheila O. Denn, Assistant Professor, SLIS
  • John Brigham '10, SLIS Student and Dean's Fellow for Technology Support
  • Valerie Diggs '96LS, Department Head of Libraries K-12, Chelmsford Public Schools
  • Jessie Thuma '07LS, Reference Librarian, Thomas Crane Public Library

Afternoon Program in Honor of Allen Smith:  Libraries and the Inspiration Business: How We Can Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Patrons

  • Brian Mathews, User Experience Librarian, Georgia Tech

Toast and reception to follow.

More details, including how to RSVP for the afternoon program, will be posted here and at Alumnet as they become available.

Advising Day for New Boston Campus Summer 09 Students

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Where: Simmons College, Boston

For details, please visit the Advising Day page.

Career Panel at SLIS West

When: Sunday, March 29, 2009
Where: Willits Hallowell Conference Center, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

The SLIS Alumni Board is again sponsoring a career panel and networking event for current students and recent graduates of the program. Following the Panel will be a Resume and Cover Letter Workshop. A finalized agenda and RSVP information will be available soon.

Book Launch: "The King's Rose", by Alisa Libby

When: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Where: Kotzen Room, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Come celebrate the publication of The King's Rose, the second novel by Simmons SLIS Communications Assistant Alisa M. Libby. The event will begin at noon in the Kotzen Room. There will be a brief reading, book talk, then a reception and book signing. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the book and this event, visit

Special Presentation: Art Documentation and War Crimes

When: Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 1:00pm
Where: Kotzen Meeting Center (Lefavour Hall)

András Riedlmayer '88LS, director of the Documentation Center of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard's Fine Arts Library, presents "Art Documentation and War Crimes: Librarianship in the Aftermath of War."

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